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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC
October 17, 2021
Join us Sunday  for Worship 

Church School in person or via Zoom
begins at
10:15 a.m. 

Masks Required for all attendees, please

Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

Service will be streamed live on Facebook
at 10 am Sunday

Budget Meeting immediately following worship
(11 am)

Meeting ID: 833 3471 4184
Passcode: 707540


Virtual Church School  Zoom in at 10:15 Sunday
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Meeting ID: 831 3959 8806

Passcode: NiRtQ9hL


In-Person worship continues  with appropriate distancing.  
Due to CDC instructions, we require wearing a mask.   


This Sunday  Budget Meeting following worship.  in-person or via zoom (see link above)
Tuesday 7 pm Senior Choir
Thursday 10:30 a.m.   Study Group:  We begin a history of Christianity, from the Reformation to the Megachurch.
Thursday, 5:45 pm Youth Choir
Thursday, 7:15 pm Handbell Choir
Wednesday, Oct. 20  Women's Fellowship Lunch and Meeting at noon
October 24th, at 11:15.  Cemetery Committee


Serving in worship todayMarty Booker, deacon; Dan Booker, Gretchen Noonan, ushers. .

We Pray For:   those affected by the CoVID-19; the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; those working to bear the burdens of others, and the healing of:  Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Seya Bishop, Janet Allen; Deb Janda; George and Arline McCullen; Patty & George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Dave Larson; Mike Laing; David Roode; Karen Clarke; the Bliven family; Elaine Falk Smith; and Christy Wohlleber.  Celebrate Duane Witter's return to health and work. 

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC, of a meeting to take place on Sunday, October 17, 2021, following worship.  People may attend in-person after church or via Zoom™.  A link will be posted on the church website and also emailed in the preview for October 17th.
The purpose of the meeting is to:
- Hear and act on the Church Council’s proposed FY2022 budget, for planning and stewardship campaign purposes.  The final FY2022 Budget will be voted on during the Church’s Annual Meeting held in January 2022.
-Act on any other said business to come before the congregation.

Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

“Like a shepherd, he will separate the sheep from the goats,”
                                                                                                                                                                 - Matthew 25:32 (adapted)
        I don’t understand why Jesus could be simultaneously inclusive and exclusive. “Love your neighbor” is his meat and potatoes. The side dish he offers says we will be separated into groups of “sheep” and “goats.”
Here’s a possible interpretation of his side dish:
        Some of us remain tribal; others become culturally proficient. The latter believe in their God while appreciating the way other people believe in their Gods. It is more than tolerance – being “open”.  It is “affirming,” meaning that tolerance is a decent enough emotion while appreciation of diversity is a form of maturity.  Cultural proficiency. 
        Before we get to cultural proficiency, we need spiritual proficiency. Spiritual preparation is not just the goal of life; it is life. Spiritual proficiency is knowing that God is first and you are magnificently second. God loves you, the universe loves you, the cosmos loves you, and therefore you may love it back.
        “O God, let us appreciate both sheep and goats and, if we can’t, at least help us know we could.  Amen.”                                                     - Donna Schaper
Global Ministries Prayers for the Democratic Republic of the Congo  We pray that peace with justice may come to the people who have suffered for so many years for the most vulnerable, who are the hardest hit by the economic crises;  for the victims of the eruption of the volcano who are still without homes; for the refugees in the Equateur province that are fleeing the conflict in Central Africa;  for the victims of flooding on the Zongo river;  for credible, transparent, and peaceful elections in 2023 with a long-awaited democratic process finally restored. Lord Jesus Christ, you know us, you love us, you transform our lives and you call us to follow your example. O Christ, you are a servant of all. Help us learn to be humble. Help us to be more like you. Amen.



Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm

Worship Notes:
“A Call to Celebration” by David Angerman. Copyright  2009. Choristers Guild. All Rights Reserved.
“Contemplation” by Cynthia Dobrinski. Copyright 1991. Lake State Publications. All Rights Reserved.
“I Sing the Mighty Power of God” arr. Michael Bedford. Copyright 2000, Choristers Guild. All Rights Reserved. One License Song #CGA-884.
“Postlude in D” by C. Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960). Public Domain.
Hymn #1, Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise;  Walter C. Smith; St. Denio.  Public Domain
Hymn #537, Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed, F.A.R. Russell, 1893; Innocents, The Parish Choir, 1850. 
Hymn #26, We Worship You, God; I. Watts; Lyons, attrib. J. M. Haydn

All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal; © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116
Invocation courtesy of Rev. Allen Miller for 9-26.


Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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